AFC Announcements

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Painting on a Grand Scale for Elephant Conservation

As a special feature of the 2016 Artists for Conservation Festival at Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, I am honoured to have the opportunity to allow the public to view my largest and most challenging work yet.

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From Lions to Pangolins: An Artist's Wild Journey to Mozambique of the last great wilderness areas on earth. The most important protected area in Mozambique and critical to the global conservation of African wildlife, it covers more than 16,000 square miles. Despite its size and critical importance, it is little known internationally. AFC Artist Becci Crowe undertook the long journey to this remote area to raise awareness and support the work of Dr. Colleen Begg of the Niassa Lion/Carnivore Project as they face the day to day challenges of conservation on the front lines.

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Remembering Mel Dobson

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of long-time AFC member (2004), Mel Dobson.

Melvin 'Mel' Wood Dobson passed away July 21, 2016 in St Ignatius, Montana. He was the eighth son, born at home, on November 1, 1934 to Lula and Leon Dobson in Holden, Utah. Holden was his home, on the family farm, until he completed high school.

He was preceded in death by both parents and six brothers; Don, Evan, Myron, Clifford, Earl and Lester Dobson. Mel was a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Bateman Returns as AFC Festival Patron

Robert Bateman, world-renowned nature artist is returning for a fourth time as Festival Patron of the Artists for Conservation Festival on Grouse Mountain, in North Vancouver, BC. In support, he has created another new original painting for this year's event - a three-foot by four-foot oil painting on Canvas titled, "Feast - Vultures".

2016 AFC Award Winners and Exhibiting Artists

Vancouver, BC., CANADA – July 11, 2016 - Artists for Conservation (AFC) is proud to announce the list of 2016 exhibiting artists accepted into the Artists for Conservation Exhibit - the world's top conservation-themed exhibit and sale, benefitting the conservation cause. This is AFC's 9th annual exhibit of members' artworks and fifth annual exhibit to open in Vancouver, BC. The exhibit officially opens on September 29, 2016, at Grouse Mountain Resort in North Vancouver, BC.

Guy Coheleach to Receive AFC's Highest Honor

Vancouver, BC CANADA - July 10, 2016 - This September, internationally acclaimed artist Guy Coheleach will be recognized for his lifetime of conservation support, with Artists for Conservation’s (AFC) top honor: the Simon Combes Conservation Artist Award.  AFC bestows this tribute annually to recognize artist members for their dedication to the conservation cause and outstanding artistic achievement. 

AFC Announces Partnership with International Ornithological Congress 2018

AFC is pleased to announce a new partnership with one of the world's oldest and most important global organizations dedicated to bird studies - the 27th International Ornithological Congress (IOCongress2018) in Vancouver, Canada. Under the arrangement, AFC becomes the Congress' lead Partner for the Visual Arts. AFC's 2018 Festival and exhibit premiere will coincide with the  late August event.

Gary Hodges Charity Auction Expected to Raise over $230,000 for Wildlife

A star studded private gala night on 18th April will kick off this week long exhibition in the heart of London, just up the road from Buckingham Palace. Gary Hodges AFC has deliberately kept back a few of his rare sold-out editions for this show. Over 160 of his amazing drawings, including originals, limited edition prints and embellished prints will be on sale and for auction.

Gary has just launched a special auction page on his website: so that anyone throughout the world can place bids and help elephants and other wildlife.

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Fiorentino's Art Honored in New Jersey

New Jersey artist and AFC Signature Member, James Fiorentino was recently honored when his watercolor painting depicting the Black Swallowtail was chosen to represent the State as the official artwork of the new State butterfly.

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Aja Sculpture Raises funds for Elephants

AFC Signature Member, Douglas Aja recently donated one of his bronze sculpture (Orphans) recently raised $3,800 for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). The bronze was auctioned at a fund raising event hosted at London's Landmark Hotel. The piece raised $3,800 for DSWT. 

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A Close Look: A painting trip in Etosha, National Park, Namibia


AFC Signature artist Francisco Hernandez shares a poetic description of his first experience travelling to Africa as an artist to observe the rich multitude of wildlife.

My first contact with Etosha was at the Okaukuejo waterhole, shortly after sunset and I can describe my first feelings with one only word. Brutal.

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America's Oldest Sculpture Garden Honors Leo Osborne

AFC sculptor Leo Osborne was recently honored with the acceptance of his life-sized Whistling Saint Francis into Brookgreen Gardens famed outdoor sculpture garden in Pawley, South Carolina . A major acquisition fundraising campaign is underway to see the honor to fruition.

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New Seerey-Lester Book Launched

Last month, the much-anticipated third book in artist John Seerey-Lester’s “Legends Series” was released, replete with stories and 150 paintings and sketches. In it, John helps the reader relive in words and paint the extraordinary outdoor life of US President and conservation pioneer, Theodore Roosevelt. As both a master painter and compelling writer, Seerey-Lester provides a fascinating glimpse into the former president’s life as a rancher and his unrelenting passion for wildlife, hunting, exploration, and conservation.

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New Banovich Art Center Opens

After nearly 5 years in the making, internationally renowned artist and conservationist, John Banovich has opened a new institution on the wildlife art landscape. The new 6500 square foot Art Center is located in Paradise Valley, Montana - one of the most naturally beautiful and dramatic areas of the US - 11 miles south of Livingston and 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park.

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2015 Festival Review

This September, AFC wrapped up its 5th annual Artists for Conservation Festival - the longest and most ambitious one yet, spanning two major venues and three weekends and incorporating an Art Expo for the first time. The event welcomed public of all ages with a variety of interests - fine art, environment and conservation.

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Rhino Painting Goes Global

In 2015, Australian artist Paula Wiegmink created a painting "Tears of the Rhino". The powerful image has since been signed by international celebrities and some of the world's leading conservationists including Sir David Attenborough, Dr. Jane Goodall, Virginia McKenna, Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, action star Jean-Claude Van Damme and Queen rock star Brian May, among others. In a few short months, the image is becoming a creative petition to stop the poaching of endangered rhinos.

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Feather Artist Chris Maynard on Tedx

AFC artist/biologist Chris Maynard shares insights on his philosophies techniques and unique medium of feathers TedX".

Chris was a presenter and exhibiting artist durign the 2014 AFC Festival at Grouse Mountain last year.

5th AFC Festival Set to Launch
Event Opening in New Downtown Venue with Art Expo

RE/MAX presents the 2015 Artists for Conservation Festival - a 3-week art and environmental education festival, featuring a world-class conservation themed art exhibit and expo with leading international artists, live music, films, guest lectures, live painting demos, music and cultural performances. 

Karen Laurence-Rowe to Receive AFC's Highest Honor
Kenyan Painter and Conservationist to be Awarded AFC Combes Award

Vancouver, BC CANADA - Aug 10, 2015 - Internationally recognized Kenyan artist Karen Laurence-Rowe has been chosen to receive the Artists for Conservation’s (AFC) top honor: the Simon Combes Conservation Artist Award.  AFC bestows this tribute annually to recognize artist members for their dedication to the conservation cause and outstanding artistic achievement. 

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AFC Celebrates Nature and Art at 5th "Wildlife at the Waterfront" Gala & Awards Dinner

You're invited to help kick-off the 5th annual Artists for Conservation Festival in style with "Wildlife at the Waterfront" - Artists for Conservation's 5th Annual Gala & Awards Night. Join us for an enchanting dining and musical experience, seated amidst a world-class nature-inspired art exhibit, serenaded by the music of violin maestro, Calvin Dyck. 

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